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Soy and Fertility

Submitted by on Tuesday, 26 August 2008One Comment
Kryptonite for our little supermen?

Kryptonite for our little supermen?

You probably are all aware of recent reports that men who consume more soy regularly were found to have a lower sperm count than those who do not eat soy.

This is based on a study in which 99 men were asked to give a sample of their boys and answer a questionnaire about how often they consumed soy products over the past three months.

The results were that the men who had eaten soy products every day had lower concentrations of the little swimmers in the sample they provided.

The effect was even stronger in the overweight men in the group.

The lead author of the group who conducted the study has just cautioned that this is only a preliminary study in humans and that further studies may show that the overall results may not be as dramatic as they first seem.

So if you’re favorite meal is tofu with a side of soy milk, and you are trying to conceive, should you panic?

My view is that this study probably did cause some panic, and probably caused a bit of controversy with the soy producers of the world, who probably tried to poke holes in the study as soon as the results were released (trying to protect their own butts).

So now the head author is coming back with a CYA statement of his own, as most would do.  Nothing is 100% certain with biology and further studies are always needed.

Although this was a preliminary study in humans, the results are in line with findings in similar, non-human studies.  So, I would say, if you are trying to conceive and are having trouble doing so, it can’t hurt to steer clear of your favorite soy meal or beverage for awhile and do a bit of exercise to shed off those extra pounds (I know they are called love handles, and while they may help in the act of trying to make a baby, they won’t get you anywhere when it comes to actually conceiving a baby).

Join the jam and share your thoughts on this study and whether or not you consume soy and have (or have not) conceived.  Also feel free to share your thoughts or tips on conception.  I have a few myself, but I will save them for another post.


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